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The word inhibit and its family (inhibited, inhibiting, inhibition, inhibitions, inhibits) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Definition of the verb inhibit

What does inhibit mean as a doing word?

Inhibit is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: inhibited | inhibiting | inhibits

  1. prohibit, forbid, or prevent from doing something
    • example: Contact between the young was inhibited by strict social customs
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, arbitrary control with -ing]The rules forbid smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with preposition and -ing]The rules forbid us from smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]The rules forbid our smoking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]The rules forbid it

      Forbid Verbs (with the same syntax): ban, bar, block, deter, discourage, dissuade, forbid, hamper, hinder, impede, obstruct, preclude, prevent, prohibit, restrain, stop.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: forbid / foreclose / forestall / preclude / prevent = keep from happening or arising
  2. limit, block, or decrease the action or function of
  3. consciously restrain from showing; of emotions, desires, impulses, or behavior
  4. make (someone) self-conscious and as a result unable to act naturally

Alternative definition of the verb inhibit

verb

  1. to hinder; to restrain

Definition of the verb inhibit for high school students

    to prevent, restrain, stop
    • example: When I told you I needed the car last night, I certainly never meant to inhibit you from going out.

The verb inhibit is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for inhibit

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Google previewThe Singer's Guide to Complete Health (2013)

by MD Anthony F. Jahn

To inhibit means to keep the conduit free, so that your decisions can flow unimpeded from will to action—or nonaction, as the case may be. Energy and Direction With the help of a partner, do this exercise. Stand and lift an arm, as if to hail a ...

Google previewChildhood Head Injury (2016)

Developmental and Recovery Variables: A Special Double Issue of Developmental Neuropsychology by Maureen Dennis, Harvey S. Levin, Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Psychiatry Neurosurgery and Pediatrics Harvey S Levin

Inhibit is the ability to resist or delay an impulse, to appropriately stop one's own activity at the propertime, or both. The ability to inhibit is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Dairy Sciences (2011)

Sodium diacetate has been shown to inhibit A. flavus at 0.1–0.5% in potato dextrose agar (pH 3.5 and 4.5) and in animal feeds and silage. Diethyl dicarbonate (DEDC), commonly called diethyl pyrocarbonate, has been shown to be fungicidal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Animal Science (Print) (2004)

by Wilson G. Pond

Tetracyclines Tetracycline and the derivatives oxytetracycline, doxycy- cline, and minocycline inhibit protein synthesis by binding to the 30S ribosomal subunit . Resistance to tetracyclines is mediated by one of two mechanisms.

Google previewThe A-Z Encyclopedia of Food Controversies and the Law (2011)

by Elizabeth Marie Williams, Stephanie J. Carter

ADDITIVES AND PRESERVATIVES Food additives and preservatives are included in foods during the manufacturing process to help keep them fresh and inhibit growth of pathogens, as well as to enhance or maintain color. Additives can also ...

Google previewRÖMPP Encyclopedia Natural Products, 1st Edition, 2000 (2014)

by Burkhard Fugmann, Susanne Lang-Fugmann, Wolfgang Steglich

They reversibly inhibit cytoplasm division [cytokinesis, but not nuclear division ( mitosis)] and can thus lead to multi-nuclear giant cells or at higher concentrations to expulsion of the nucleus from the cell (denucleation). In mammalian cells they ...

Google previewDictionary of Optometry and Visual Science (2014)

by Michel Millodot

inhibit acetylcholinesterase and prolong the action of acetylcholine whereas antimuscarinic drugs (also referred to as anticholinergics ...

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Usage statistics about inhibit

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb inhibit:

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Our accepting what we are must always inhibit our being what we ought to be. (John Fowles)
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Scrabble value of I1N1H4I1B3I1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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